Scandinavian sales agency TrustNordisk has picked up a new film from Norwegian director Erik Poppe about the 2011 Norwegian terrorist attacks.
Titled U, the fictional film will recreate the events that happened on the 22nd of July 2011, where a car bomb exploded in central Oslo and then the same terrorist attacked a political youth summer camp, killing 69 people. U deals with the latter attacks, with the story told from the perspective of the youths. While the film itself is fictional, it aspires to focus on recreating the drama close to how it happened.
“Since these attacks, the terrorist who carried out this terrible atrocity has attracted far more attention than the victims of the tragedy. After almost 7 years, it is about time to bring the attention back to those who died on Utøya, all their bereaved and all the survivors. It is not possible to represent “the truth” with such a movie, but I hope to make the victim’s experiences better understood. The reality exceeds imagination, and one of the art’s tasks is to convey the incomprehensible,” says the director, Erik Poppe.
The film is written by Siv Rajendram and Anna Bache-Wiig, produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae for Paradox Film, and supported by The Norwegian Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fund and the Media Programme of Creative Europe.